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NFL Power Rankings Round Week 15

The Bengals were absolutely torched by the Cowboys and don’t have much more room to drop in rankings.

Dallas Cowboys v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Zac Taylor was irate after the team lost 30-7 to the Dallas Cowboys. The Cincinnati Bengals have now lost their last five games, and it’s clear this team needed Joe Burrow to stay even somewhat on course.

The defense has been competent this season, but this past Sunday wasn’t entirely their fault. The Bengals, for the first time in 30 years, committed turnovers on all three of their opening possessions.

It was a brutal game for Cincinnati, and the next several do not get any easier. The Bengals have the Steelers, Texans and Ravens coming up, meaning they’ll likely end Zac Taylor’s second season with just two wins.

He’ll have four total in his first two seasons as a head coach. It’s going to be an unpredictable offseason for the Bengals. That said, let’s dive into how the national media views the team after another blowout loss.

ESPN.com — 30th

Nothing is going extremely well for the Bengals. The offense has been ineffective since Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending knee injury. The defense has its own injury problems to contend with, in addition to a roster that still needs upgrades. Although defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo’s unit has improved in recent weeks, there are questions about its long-term outlook. Even the special teams has its share of woes. While it is currently ranked one of the best in the NFL, the Bengals are trying to figure out what to do at kicker. Veteran Randy Bullock was benched in favor of Austin Seibert for the Bengals’ Week 14 loss to the Cowboys. — Ben Baby

CBS Sports — 30th

They need to start to plan on beefing up the team around Joe Burrow. There are way too many holes.

NFL.com — 30th

This season cannot end soon enough for the Bengals. The latest setback, a 30-7 loss to the Cowboys, feels like another part of a long and painful epilogue in the wake of Joe Burrow’s crushing knee injury back in Week 11. Cincinnati’s inability to protect Burrow led to the premature end of his season, and the issues up front have continued with Brandon Allen under center. Allen takes a beating every week; he’s been forced to give way to third-stringer Ryan Finley in back-to-back games due to injuries. Few teams have as clear an offseason directive as the Bengals: Fix the offensive line or leave yourself open to catastrophic consequences. Well, further catastrophic consequences.

ProFootballTalk — 30th

In any other city, the seat would be getting hot for the head coach.

Sporting News — 30th

The Bengals keep trying their best to have an offense without Joe Burrow and their defense is scrappier than you think. The results will be much better after the wasted end to 2020.

NBC Sports — 31st

Would you believe me if I told you that the Bengals actually outplayed the Cowboys, and pretty significantly? You would? Ah.

The Ringer — 30th

Sports Illustrated — 30th

Before his season-ending knee injury, Joe Burrow was carrying the Bengals’ offense, which has predictably sputtered without him. All eyes are on next season in Cincy.

USA Today — 30th

Their season has seemed over for some time, but Sunday was first instance Cincinnati seemed non-competitive while being blown out by Dallas.